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What do we really mean with loyalty?

Some time ago, I (Arno Maatman) participated in a workshop – facilitated by consortium partner ICRA – on the supply chain relationships between Shalem, a medium-scale aggregator of and trader in sorghum (and other commodities, but I will stick here to the sorghum), the farmers,…

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Planning for training

How are we doing on capacity building? A Review & Capitalization Workshop (Kenya, March 2017) helped analyze 2016 results and plan for the next season. The workshop brought together 2SCALE staff, coaches and trainers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda, and value chain specialists from…

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Better storage, better prices

Potato farmers in Kenya are in no rush to sell. A 2SCALE initiative, co-funded by the Irish embassy, is helping to build low-cost stores, allowing farmers to store their harvest until prices are more favorable. Two months of storage (rather than selling immediately after harvest)…

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Zinc + boron = rice?

A 2SCALE partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho is helping Kenyan rice farmers increase yields and profits while reducing fertilizer use and preventing environmental damage. The key is new fertilizer formulations that contain secondary and micronutrients such as zinc, boron and copper in addition to…

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Brokering the brokers

Brokers and middlemen have terrible reputations – but they are critical in any value chain involving smallholder farmers. Bulk buyers do not visit individual farms (or even cooperatives) because the quantities offered are usually small. Instead, they rely on brokers or aggregators. These brokers have…

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Business Development Forum on Sesame from Mali: A decisive step towards competitiveness

The 2SCALE-facilitated Sesame Business Development Forum held 16-19 May 2017, a multi-stakeholder diagnosis and planning forum designed by ICRA, brought together the company Promotion du Sesame au Mali (PROSEMA), the networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in…

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Elephant Vert Joins 2SCALE to Develop Farmers Academy with SPAR in Nigeria

SPAR is the world’s leading voluntary food retail chain. It is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers/wholesalers working in partnership under the SPAR brand to provide a high quality, value for money shopping experience. SPAR International is represented in 4 continents and…

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Distributing Yedent Maisoyforte Tombrown with ‘Koko’ Sellers as Indigenous Partners

Written by Kwame Ntim Pipim, BoP Marketing Expert.  One of the pillars in any marketing strategy is efficiency in delivering products and services to the end consumer at the right place and time. This means the distribution mechanism needs to be cost-effective and must deliver products…

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#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Celebrate Men Who Empower Women

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic…

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Cash from Cassava

In Nigeria, smallholder cassava farmers have a huge new market, thanks to a woman entrepreneur, Dutch multinationals, and 2SCALE. Until recently, cassava was the stereotypical smallholder crop, grown on small plots for family consumption. 2SCALE’s partnerships with cassava processor Psaltry International (an award-winning, woman-headed firm)…

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